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Posted by djohnston on 2016-05-24 04:51. 0 comments. 41 reads
 

SJM PM2210
ISSUES

Paradoxical Atrial Undersensing: Noise Rate Reversion or
Amplifier Ringing?
BERRY M. VAN GELDER, PH.D.,
∗
WALDY VAN DEN BROEK, B.S.,†
FRANK A. BRACKE, M.D., PH.D.,
∗
and ALBERT MEIJER, M.D., PH.D.
∗
From The
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Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; and †MEDTRONIC Trading NL, B.V., Heerlen, The Netherlands
Paradoxical Atrial Undersensing. Atrial tachy-arrhythmias may give rise to mode switching or
noise rate reversion in dual-chamber pacemakers. In case of high amplitude of the atrial electrogram
during tachycardia, a paradoxical behavior of atrial sensitivity programming can be observed. Two patients
with...


Posted by djohnston on 2016-05-22 23:19. 5 comments. 125 reads
 
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Posted by doug49 on 2016-05-20 17:32. 0 comments. 52 reads
 
Had ablasion in 03 pacemaker installed . We not into arithima in recovery . 1st unsuccessful. Tried many mess amiodoran put me into hyperthyroidism and full time arithima for a year . Not fun. Finally cardio version after the year. Puliminary isolation ablasion 2010. Again unsuccessful. On tyrosin until it was no longer tolerated. Now having spikes of high blood pressure and angina. Always been fit never over weight this has floored me looking for another pulininary isolation this time chryogenic. Wish me luck. Haven't had any

Posted by Dono on 2016-05-16 06:20. 1 comments. 143 reads
 
aloha have had my pm for 6months now,, today felt like i was going to pass out like i did before pm,,, was a breif spell but got me worrieing again,, not sure, whats going on have been feeling half. Way ok... Guess it is working because i didnt pass out,, still dont feel like they said,,, leads. Have been checked couple times,, so ldk,,,hope for the best,, untill my next check up...,,,anybody else having these difficulties,,,??.

Posted by Digitalbob on 2016-05-16 01:37. 3 comments. 141 reads
 
Hey, I had a pm from St. Judes implanted 4 weeks ago.
The surgery took 4 hours due to trouble with the attachment. The Doctor was ready to close up and found they needed to go back and reattach.
So everything was okay until last Thursday when I may have overdone some lifting. I didn't feel anything wrong immediately, but since then I have had dizziness and some chest pain,especially when I lie down. It's not getting better.
Should I go to the ER?

Posted by BobFV1 on 2016-05-16 01:30. 0 comments. 97 reads
 
Hi all. I had a Medtronic Evera XT ICD implanted on March 31. No problems at all until last Monday morning, May 9, about 5 weeks post implant. I woke up and as I always do first thing, I put my blood pressure cuff on my right arm. The cuff was tight, and I looked down and realized I had serious edema from my ICD down to my left wrist. Saw my EP about 3 hours later and he diagnosed DVT and started me on Eliquis, a blood thinner. By Friday my symptoms were pretty much gone, and I had an ultrasound which was clear. My EP said this is one of a very few cases he has seen in 20 years of implanting similar devices. Has anyone else had this complication! Did it recur? Were you able to come off of blood thinners eventually? Thanks!

Posted by charlieb201 on 2016-05-14 22:13. 0 comments. 103 reads
 
I've read several of your comments about the ST.Jude's Defib deciding to go off like a cell phone on vibrate. This has just happened to me for the second time in one day and I was very confused. I suspected the battery is needing replacing (even though I've only had it for 6 years) and I'll call my Cardiologist Monday. But thank you so much for your comments as it's given me a clearer picture of what has transpired and some comfort in knowing it's not just me, but others have experienced this weird thing.

Posted by amybellinger07 on 2016-05-13 05:24. 1 comments. 102 reads
 
Hello, I am new to the group. I am on my second pacemaker due to my heart rate and blood pressure dropping which causes me to pass out. I have not had any real trouble with either one before. But this morning I woke up and have had pain off and on around the pace make site and my ribs in that area. It hurts when I take big breathes or move too much. I have not done anything that I can think of that would have caused a muscle strain. Any idea what it may be? Thanks!

Posted by Dilaps on 2016-05-12 14:35. 0 comments. 231 reads
 
Hi I got the pacemaker replaced for the 3rd time.with two leads for sick sinus syndrome.. 6 weeks back.From the day one my left side back ,neck,shoulder had severe pain..as days passed the pain aggrevated.which turned to muscle soreness. .had to resort to physiotherapist .my condition is much better.
But.my problem is I can't lie flat on my back while sleeping ,neither can I turn to either of the side.have to sleep with an elevated angle of 45 degree... l
I get a sharp impulse on my left neck and collar bone.
Severe pain wen I try to lie down and get up....Is the voltage kept high ?
That's creating the problem..or the inappropriate placement of the pacemaker which is implanted just below the collar bone on the left sid...


Posted by juliefulk on 2016-05-11 03:00. 2 comments. 203 reads
 
I had a severe case of congestive heart failure in 2014 at the age of 48. The day I went to an Urgent care facility after feeling sick and weak for several weeks they put me in the hospital and within three hours i had one of two surgerys, a stint and a three wire CRT (boston scientific) device installed. The doctor who performed the surgery told me that he had only used two of the wires on the three wire unit with no real explaination why.

Last month at my cardio doctor visit i learned that my insurance no longer covered my current cardio doctor and was reffered to a new one. The new doctor informed me that my meds were not working and that i had over 500 episodes in 3 mos and that i needed surgery to hook up the third wire an...


Posted by beluther on 2016-05-11 01:58. 2 comments. 133 reads
 
I had my ablation two weeks ago and am experiencing what I think is a problem. My minimum bpm is 80 but no matter how hard I work in exercise (walking or biking mainly) it never goes over 80 and I become really short of breath. I don't get this or why there does not seem to be a maximum. I go back in three weeks for a checkup but I don't want to wait that long if there is a problem. Does anyone know what might be happening?


Posted by bergem on 2016-05-10 20:37. 1 comments. 129 reads
 
Had Pacemaker placed on May 6, having pain in my let upper arm since May 8. It is located in the middle of the upper arm, it is better with heating pad .
1- I wonder if this is normal
2- how long does it last
3- is there a remedy to alleviate pain
Thank you
bergem

Posted by paslode10 on 2016-05-04 05:18. 3 comments. 185 reads
 
Hi i had a Pacemaker implant on Tuesday 26/04/2016 and not long after surgery i started to get what i would call abdominal palpitations. I explained this to my surgeon on his ward visit and he explained this was a common problem and could be fixed by re-programming my Pacemaker. On the day of my discharge these twitches were fixed by using WIFI. Now i am at home the twitches have returned but only when i lay on my Right hand side every other position and i am fine do you think this will settle please or do i need to go back to Papworth Hospital for a quick fix.

Posted by slovell on 2016-05-03 17:14. 3 comments. 290 reads
 
I received a single lead Medtronic pacemaker in November 2008 to treat Sinus Node dysfunction and Bradycardia. The surgery and recovery went well and my life changed so much for the better. I received a new battery in August 2015 and suffered from significant breast edema. My left breast was twice the size of my right. Though it has gone down, my left breast is still significantly larger than the right and has a heavy feeling. No bruising or tenderness. My cardiologist suspected a blood clot however that was ruled out. I had a Mammogram and Ultrasound which were normal but was referred to an Oncologist who found nothing structurally wrong with my breast. He was the one to inform me that I was experiencing breast edema from my pacem...


Posted by Lath on 2016-05-02 00:19. 6 comments. 400 reads
 
Hi Guys,

New member here, just looking for others experiences with their PM. I'm 30yo male, had a pacemaker put in about six months ago. Since then I've noticed more and more "symptoms" and was wondering how common they are in others with a PM. I started feeling a flicking feeling in my throat and thought i was being paranoid but its getting worse. I've started getting chest pain along with it. Is this normal? I went back to the specialist and he gave me a home monitor, he didn't really say much else about it. The other thing since seeing the specialist, is that I wake up on my back during the night and my heart is beating rapidly and beating quite hard as soon as I move onto my side it subsides. Does anybody else encounter s...


Posted by alliee33 on 2016-05-01 19:11. 3 comments. 173 reads
 
My mom has had a pacemaker for years and she just had to get the battery replaced on Thursday. All went well, but now the area surrounding the incision is red and the area below it is too.
We already called the on call doctor, who said we needed to head down for the ER to get antibiotics in her.

I was just wondering if they would keep her overnight? Or for much longer?
She's bummed she has to go down there, especially since it's her last day off and she was supposed to go back to work tomorrow. Also because this is the first time it's ever been infected.

Thanks in advance.

Posted by brownholtzj@gmail.com on 2016-05-01 14:48. 3 comments. 241 reads
 
Hello out there. would love some feedback.
almost three weeks ago my dad went in to get a pacemaker battery replaced. he is 78 and had beginning stages of dementia and alzheimers. he is still here in the hospital in miami and cannot walk, speak or open his eyes. Not sure why they did the procedure anyway at his age, did the battery really need to be replaced?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Marianyork on 2016-05-01 07:46. 1 comments. 125 reads
 
Hi everybody,
Had a PM St. Jude's dual lead inserted in 2013. Have had long term issues with shortness of breath, feeling faint, generally feeling like I can't drag my body around. Always tired and break into sweats on very little exertion.
Hospitalised for a angiogram, with nil result, also had CT scan in case it was a lung problem also nil result. They are now saying it could be my meds (Noten) build up.

Has anybody had these problems?

Posted by hawaiilad on 2016-04-28 22:39. 2 comments. 194 reads
 
I asked a couple weeks ago about dizzy spells but a couple days ago everything started going haywire, with dizzy spells that is. I am at 6 weeks of having a Medtronic A2DR01 inserted and as of a couple days ago I have a hard time walking around because everything is spinning in my head and eyes. I do have an appt. to see the Card. next week but thought I would ask if anyone has gone through this after having a PM installed. Hell, I'm not even sure it's caused from the PM. I spent a good week when our daughter and her family came to visit and on the last day they were here I could hardly stand up for very long. Just looking around I get dizzy. I am going to call my Med. Dr. as well today.

Posted by muchkoku on 2016-04-28 17:47. 2 comments. 184 reads
 
Greetings. New member here. I've had my PM going on 2 years now. One thing I've noticed recently is my left hand (the side with the PM) randomly gets a bluish tinge, fingernails included. It seemingly switches back and forth throughout the day. It's odd, because I work in an office thats constantly got the AC blowing full blast but having cold hands doesn't trigger it. There is no pain or swelling but it's still a bit disconcerting. It's most notable when I first awaken. Any thoughts before I start harrassing my cardiologist and arrhythmia docs? Thanks in advance.



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